University of Guyana-Vanderbilt-UCSF MPH program for Guyana

Investigator: George Rutherford, MD
Sponsor: Vanderbilt University

Location(s): Guyana


The purpose of this program is to develop and establish a Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program in Guyana through the University of Guyana. The goal is to strengthen human resources in public health and epidemiologic capacity in Guyana through this MPH program that prepares graduates for leadership in public health. This MPH program will contribute to the goals of building local capacity, increased country sustainability, and local government ownership, leadership, and management of the response to HIV/AIDS that are embodied in PEPFAR II. Currently there are no baccalaureate or master-level degree programs in public health in Guyana. Currently, there is only one trained epidemiologist working within the Guyana Ministry of Health, who received her training outside of Guyana.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is in line with PEPFAR II goals of training and retraining 140,000 health care workers and will improve and strengthen Guyana’s public health system, infrastructure and build sustainable capacity in epidemiology, surveillance and public health management.